Layering is an art. An art that I didn’t use to practice up until a few years ago because I thought it made me look like a total Bibendum. Clearly, I was doing something wrong. But my many winters in England have forced me to learn and today, I want to share with you my top 5 tips to keep the cold away (all the while remaining stylish of course).
1 - Pile on thin layers, not jumpers.
This was my first mistake. I thought that piling on stuff that were heavier would keep me warm when in fact, the thin layers are the key. I usually put on a very fitted tank top (so that no cold air can reach my tummy or my back), a long sleeve t-shirt and then finally a jumper.
2 - Pay attention to materials
I never really use to look at the material my jumpers were made of but I’ve come to learn that merino wool and cashmere are the best insulators. For your first layers (the fitted ones), you'll want to avoid cotton and pick synthetic fibers like Nylon or Polyester instead.
3 - Pick your coat carefully
Your coat can really let you down. The pretty ones I see online often end up being paper thin and not protective at all. It’s best to look in-store or to go for my new favourite option: piling on 2 coats. So for example, you could wear a denim jacket or a leather jacket under an oversized coat or a cape (example 1, 2).
4 - Don’t forget to add extra layer on your legs
Beginners mistake #4: piling on layers at the top and forgetting all about the bottom part of the body. Invest in thick opaque tights or merino wool leggings. One thing to keep in mind: keep your trousers fitted, especially if you’re bulking up with a big coat and big jumper.
5 - Cover your extremitiesDon’t let your neck, hands or ankles uncovered or the cold will get in. Invest in a good pair of gloves, chelsea boots or knee high boots, a wool scarf and a stylish hat. Accessories are a great way to make your look most interesting. I personally find you can never go wrong with a fedora hat (and chelsea boots).
In need of investing in some good basics? Here are some suggestions: